A 75-year-old resident of Oyster Bay and living on a fixed income spoke before the Oyster Bay Town Board on Tuesday, Nov. 9, asking, “With a 3.5 percent tax increase from the town, I am being taxed out of my home. Is there another way to balance the budget?”
When I first started at Friends of the Bay, one of the aspects of the job that most attracted me was the leadership role Friends of the Bay was taking in urging the Town of Oyster Bay to acquire the Mill Pond Overlook Property. For those readers who may not have lived here then, or may not recall the circumstances, a developer proposed to construct a 68-unit senior housing complex on the property. I honestly have to say that out of all the people I spoke to regarding this possibility, the most common reaction was “oh no, how do we stop that?” As a long term resident, I have to agree that it would have been distressing to see the hill behind the pond destroyed, the trees removed, and the beautiful view of the Mill Pond gone. That was before I fully understood the negative consequences that these actions could have had on the water quality of the bay. After I began to understand the implications of development, it became even more important to me.
It was an exciting occasion on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 6 at 4 p.m., when the doors opened for a cocktail reception, celebrating the Grand Opening of Billy Joel’s 20th Century Motorcycles. This by-invitation-only event afforded guests a sneak preview of his shop. Among the guests were County Executive Edward Mangano, and Congressman Peter King. Billy’s dog, a sweet-faced pug, named Sabrina was also present for the festivities.
The Friends of the Bay meeting to introduce the Watershed Action Plan for the Oyster Bay/Cold Spring Harbor watershed and estuary was presented to a full-house at the Oyster Bay High School Library on Oct. 12. Erik Mas and Dan Buttrick consultants from Fuss & O’Neill led the meeting after being introduced by FOB Executive Director Patricia Aitken.
Master of Ceremonies Jack Bernstein declared the day “bully”, as the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider statue was re-dedicated and the new TR triangle park was dedicated in a very Oyster Bay way on Saturday, Oct. 30. The town showmobile had those people most instrumental in making this day come true seated along with elected officials who eased the project along.
The Oyster Bay Hamlet is the recipient of a $70,000 grant through the Preserve America program. Oyster Bay is the only community in New York State and one of 22 nationally to receive funding through this program. The “Finding Your Way in Oyster Bay Service Learning Project” will provide the resources that are needed to promote Oyster Bay Hamlet as a viable destination of historic interest.
Whoever said the third is the charm, was right when it comes to the meetings on the Muttontown Preserve. The Hoffman Center hosted the third meeting of Saratoga Associates (SA), the group that is creating a master plan for all of Nassau County Parks on Wednesday, Oct. 20, and it clarified the project’s mission.
Frank M. Flower & Sons, Inc. Oyster Shucking and Eating Contest workers Mary Ann Bentley, Martha Relyea, Ari Mihaltses, and Betty Tiska were standing at the Rotary Raffle booth signing up contestants on Saturday, Oct. 16, the first day of Oyster Festival 27. David Mahnken, winner of the Oyster Shucking Contest for nine consecutive years was checking out the competition. Unfortunately for him, he came in second this year.
If you’ve noticed that the statue of Theodore Roosevelt is no longer sitting in front of the Boys & Girls Club of Oyster Bay-East Norwich, not to worry. The two and a half ton statue is off for a cleaning and waxing to get it ready for its “monumental day” when it is placed atop its new location in the triangle at the corner of Berry Hill Road and South Street.
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